Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Find My Past by Karolyn Warnich

FindMyPast has become one of the pre-eminent websites for anyone doing British research. In particular, they have over 1 billion records from the British Isles. Over 1,000 of all their collections can be found only on FindMyPast and most of these are likely British.

The largest collection of records for FindMyPast are in the UK and Ireland collections. In 2012, FindMyPast moved into the US and Canadian market, becoming a partner is the digitization and indexing of the 1940 census. According to their website, they have 18 million registered users and 1.8 billion records. Their model is to actively partner with libraries and archives including FamilySearch, the British Library, the New England Historic Genealogical Society, the National Archives (UK) and Eneclann among others.

Findmypast is home to a massive collection of newspapers, especially from England Ireland. Our partnership with the British Newspaper Archive ( has added more than 11 million pages of newspaper images to the Findmypast site, and the goal is to digitize up to 40 million pages from the vast collection at the British Library. For most of these papers, this is the first time they have been made available online.

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